The FIM today released the provisional 2018 WorldSBK version. Just as last year, the schedule contains thirteen rounds, spread out from February to late October. Two circuits visited in 2017 are out, Jerez and the Lausitzring, while Brno makes a return to the WorldSBK schedule, and a brand new circuit in the west of Argentina, near the border with Chile.
Notes from the second World Superbike race in France, from our man on the scene:
Press releases after Sunday's races at Magny-Cours:
WorldSBK standings after the second race at Magny-Cours:
The standings in the WorldSSP championship after Magny-Cours:
On the sighting lap, spots of rain were visible, but it wasn't raining when the twenty-one lap race started.
Kenan Sofuoglu will not be competing in this race, having fractured his hip in yesterday's Superpole two session. It is unlikely he will be able to fight for his sixth title in the remaining two rounds after this weekend, either. The grid lined up without him, everyone behind his third place moving up a spot and the weather threatened to make things interesting, as the start was declared dry while clouds licked around the edges of the track.
Notes on Jonathan Rea wrapping up his third WorldSBK title from our man on the ground at Magny-Cours:
Press releases from the organizers and teams after WorldSBK race 1 and qualifying for WorldSSP:
WorldSBK standings after the first race at Magny-Cours: